A campaign to allow Mexican citizens to vote abroad was launched last week by a coalition of Mexican political parties, organizations, and interested citizens hoping to lift a 94-year ban on expatriate voting prior to the next Mexican presidential election on Sunday, July 1, 2012.
Experts estimate there are between 5 and 10 million Mexicans living in the U.S. who might vote if the process were made accessible.
“The Mexican Constitution guarantees every Mexican citizen the right to vote in Mexico’s Presidential Elections. For the last 94 years, however, the three branches of Federal Power, the Executive, Legislative, and Judicial as well as the Federal Electoral Institute (IFE) have consistently refused to take the practical steps necessary to allow Mexicans residing in the U.S. to exercise their constitutional right to vote,” stated Carlos Lazaritt, a U.S. citizen with dual Mexican citizenship.
“The time has arrived for President Felipe Calderon, Senator Manlio Flavio Beltrones (the Majority Leader in the Senate), the leadership of the Lower House of Congress, and the IFE to take proactive steps to insure that all Mexican citizens residing abroad have meaningful mechanisms to vote. Otherwise, we must conclude that the democratic system developed in Mexico is only for Mexican citizens residing in Mexico. That is totally unacceptable,” he concluded.
The campaign is supported by the Partido Accion Nacional/ National Action Party (PAN), Partido Revolucionario Institucional/ Revolutionary Institutional Party (PRI), Partido de la Revolucion Democratica/ Revolutionary Democratic (PRD), Movimiento de Regeneracion Nacional/ Movement for National Salvation (MORENA), Frente Civico Zacatecano, Hermandad Mexicana Nacional, Alianza Bi-Nacional Bracero Proa, & Vamos Unidos USA.